‘T for technicians’ – celebrating #N8Technicians in the north


The N8 Research Partnership and the National Technician Development Centre launched a Twitter campaign this month celebrating our fantastic #N8Technicians.

We wanted to give a platform to our fantastic technicians across the north – individuals who play a vital role in research, to shout about and showcase the valuable work they do across the eight partnership universities: DurhamLancasterLeedsLiverpoolManchesterNewcastleSheffield and York.

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We asked technicians across the N8’s northern universities to join our campaign by tweeting a photo, proudly holding up a ‘T for technicians’, and telling us about some of their brilliant achievements in their roles as technicians. We also asked wider university staff to join in, stand up and celebrate the hard work and contributions of their technical talent to our research teams.


Director of the N8 Research Partnership, Dr Annette Bramley said “Technicians across our universities are invaluable.  They help to drive forward our research and innovation programmes which benefit the economy and communities across the Northern Powerhouse. They have played a key role in our universities’ responses to the Covid-19 crisis and maintaining crucial facilities during lockdown.  It’s time for us to celebrate and thank our powerhouse of technical talent and by showcasing their skills and contributions.”

N8 Technicians

After recently joining the National Technician Development Centre as a Partner Affiliate, the N8 Research Partnership is looking forward to exploring ways to promote the resources available for technician development, and helping to create a sustainable future for our talented technical staff.

Dr Sara Bacon, Centre Manager of the National Technician Development Centre said “The NTDC are supporting the #N8Technicians campaign to promote the often overlooked value that technicians bring to research teams across the North. Without the dedicated support of technicians in laboratories, special facilities, design suites and many other areas, there would be no research and teaching. Technicians are massively important in all aspects of Higher Education and Research, and deserve this opportunity to celebrate their hard work.”

Take a look at some of the fantastic tweets we received from technicians and their colleagues: